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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:22:18 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:22:18 GMT

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Medical marijuana bill signing

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:05:00 GMT

Gov. Tom Wolf will sign a bill creating the Medical Marijuana Act at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Capitol Rotunda and then at night the front of Capitol will be bathed in green lights to celebrate.

Once the Democratic governor signs the bill in front of up to 200 people, including the parents of ill children...




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Skirmish grows over Social Security ad in Senate race

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:30:00 GMT

The skirmish in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate primary over Social Security has shifted to a legal fight over an ad claiming that Democrat Joe Sestak supports cuts to the benefit program.

After a flurry of letters to one Lehigh Valley station, that ad is still on the air. And it’s soon to be hitting...




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White House blasts Pat Toomey for opposing SCOTUS hearing

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:28:00 GMT

The White House took a swing at Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Wednesday, naming him in arguing that Republicans should support hearings if they have concerns about how the president’s Supreme Court nominee would perform.

The criticism came during White House press secretary Josh Earnest’s...




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Pat Toomey raises $2.5 million ahead of primary

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:23:00 GMT

Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey raised almost $2.5 million so far this year and had nearly $9.2 million on hand heading into the final weeks of the primary, according to his campaign.

The fundraising numbers, released to The Morning Call ahead of today's deadline for filing fundraising reports...




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Presidential politics taking over the state Capitol

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:46:00 GMT

With the the Legislature set to wrap up business on Wednesday, the state Capitol suddenly buzzed with presidential politics and endorsements.

First, the 84-member House Democratic Caucus announced Wednesday that it officially was endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. 

Then a short time...




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Democratic Senate candidates to face off in Lancaster

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:51:00 GMT

Three Democrats vying in the U.S. Senate primary are set to face off in another broadcast debate this evening.

The 7 p.m. event will be hosted by WGAL-TV and Franklin & Marshall College, and will be live-streamed on the central Pennsylvania station's website.

The candidates clashed repeatedly during...




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Donald Trump to make first PA visit on Wednesday

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:32:00 GMT

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will make his first campaign visit to Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Trump is scheduled to appear in Pittsburgh, where he'll tape a one-hour event with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, according to his show's website

The taping at the Soldiers...




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Hillary Clinton announces first Pa. TV ad

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 21:01:00 GMT

Democrat Hillary Clinton is hitting the television airwaves in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

The presidential contender and former secretary of state's campaign announced the 30-second ad on Friday. It describes the significant decisions facing a president, and highlights her accomplishements on women's...




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Wolf signs non-discrimination executive orders

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:25:00 GMT

With an anti-discrimination bill held up in the Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed two executive orders that would protect some public employees and some government contractors from bigotry based on “sexual orientation, gender expression or identity.”

Both executive orders are meant...




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Wolf's poll numbers sink a la Corbett

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:20:00 GMT

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval rating is tanking as his epic budget fight with the Republican-controlled Legislature has shown no sign of stopping even though the final pieces of a 2015-16 spending plan lapsed into law in March.

Wolf’s approval rating among voters dropped 6 percentage points...




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Toomey leads top Democrats in matchups

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:50:00 GMT

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey tops both his leading Democratic challengers in a new poll released Thursday from Quinnipiac University.

Toomey, a Lehigh Valley resident, drew similar margins in two head-to-head matchups: 47 percent to retired Navy admiral Joe Sestak’s 39 percent,...




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Democratic Senate candidates to debate Tuesday evening

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:41:00 GMT

WASHINGTON — The three Democrats seeking to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey will meet tonight in their first debate airing on state broadcast television stations.

The forum hosted by Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV begins at 7 p.m., and comes as the candidates are beginning to sharpen their contrasts...




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Spending on Pa. Senate race among highest nationally

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race is one of the most expensive in the country so far, according to campaign finance data crunched by the Sunlight Foundation.

The D.C.-based nonprofit found that more than $8 million already has been spent on the Senate contest. That’s the fourth-highest amount spent...




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Sanders to open campaign office in Bethlehem

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:23:00 GMT

Democrat Bernie Sanders will open the Lehigh Valley's first presidential campaign office Thursday in Bethlehem.

Sanders' local office will be located in a storefront at 50 East Broad Street. Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has opened Pennsylvania regional offices in Scranton, Harrisburg and...




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Full statement on Obama, Biden endorsing McGinty

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:39:00 GMT

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty announced Wednesday morning that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are backing her candidacy in the state's four-way primary.

Here's the full statement released by her campaign: 

Today, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe...




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Sanders, Clinton opening offices in Pa.

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:00:00 GMT

WASHINGTON — With five weeks to go until the primary election, the Democratic presidential campaigns are ramping up in Pennsylvania.

Campaign staffers for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced they’ll be opening their first Pennsylvania office today. The inaugural space will be in Scranton – where...




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New McGinty ad focuses on wage gap

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is launching a new ad on Monday highlighting her support for eliminating the gender pay gap.

McGinty has targeted much of her messaging in recent weeks toward working women, unveiling a set of economic policy proposals last week aimed at aiding women...




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Toomey urges White House to withdraw Pa. appeals court nominee

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:33:00 GMT

Pennsylvania's U.S. senators have touted an amicable, bipartisan relationship in recent years when it comes to choosing and advancing nominees for the federal bench.

But now Republican Sen. Pat Toomey say that process has broken down, blasting the White House for what he describes as a "partisan,...




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Joe Sestak launches first TV ad

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:20:00 GMT

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak is airing his first television ad, launching a minute-long spot that emphasizes his military career.

Featuring shots of veterans and others holding signs that read, "Joe's got your six," a military term that references having someone's back, the ad also...




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Trump attacks Kasich over Pa. ballot status

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:19:00 GMT

Ahead of a pivotal primary contest tomorrow in Ohio, it was Republican presidential candidate John Kasich's status on Pennsylvania's primary ballot that became an issue over the weekend.

Kasich, who trails the rest of the GOP field in delegates, needs a win in his home state of Ohio, where he serves...




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